Haven’t stuck any album reviews up on Blogging a Dead Horse in a while-so here’s one of the ace new Dan Sartain record. Gotta love the Skinny Man.
Dan Sartain Lives (One Little Indian)
After enduring an apparent lifetime to hear some new material from Dan Sartain (ok, it was four years) the Alabama-based riff-slamma finally unleashes his knowingly-titled third record ‘Dan Sartain Lives’ this month and while he doesn’t change the formula too much, it’s an opus of effortlessly cool proportions. Perhaps the best thing about the album though, is the fact that it’s so devoted to the retro sound it could have been recorded in any decade from the 50s onwards. Hell, you can almost hear the valve amps wheeze with exhaustion during the rockabilly stomp of ‘Atheist Funeral’ and ‘Those Thoughts.’ However, Sartain is far from being a one trick pony. The brooding waltz of ‘Bad Things Will Happen’ is both sexual and sinister and the canny lyrics of ‘Yes Man’ assert that the musician has little time for being “cool” or in fashion and both are definite highlights on an album that is a more than welcome addition to his rapidly growing legend. While some folk might say his sound is cliché, we like to think of it as classic.
Download: ‘Atheist Funeral, ‘Bohemian Grove,’ ‘Bad Things Will Happen’
For Fans Of: The Night Marchers, Link Wray, El Vez